The World According to Luke

Four Horsemen of Apocalypse, by Viktor Vasnetsov (1887)

Then, I watched while the Lamb broke open the first of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures cry out in a voice like thunder, “Come Forward.” I looked, and there was a white horse, its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rode forth victorious to further his victories.

When he broke open the second seal, I heard the second living creature cry out, “Come forward.” Then another horse came out, a red one. Its rider was given power to take peace away from the earth so that people would slaughter one another. And he was given a huge sword.

When he broke open the third seal, I heard the third living creature cry out, “Come forward.” I looked, and there was a black horse! Its rider held a scale in his hand. Then I heard what seemed to be a voice in the midst of the four living creatures. It said, “A ration of wheat costs a day’s pay, and three rations of barley cost a day’s pay. But do not damage the olive oil or the wine!”

When he broke open the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature cry out, “Come forward.” I looked and there was a pale green horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades accompanied him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill with sword, famine and plague, and by means of the beasts of the earth.

Revelation 6: 1-8 NAB



Familiar words of doom that have been beaten upon our brows by millennia of dogma and indoctrination; interpretations of these apocalyptic words abound, some, rather mundane, others, quite frightening to easily frightened minds.

Capitalizing on already indoctrinated minds with a series of books, I propose that The Four Horsemen ride the earth freely today causing fear famine and mayhem among frightened men who cling to a last ray of hope for a better future. All one needs to do is take a look at our world filled with war, pestilence and death: Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, India, Africa and The Four Horsemen visited us recently in New Orleans. It isn’t difficult to see The Four Horsemen in the background of horrendous scenes presented for our nightly consumption in the magic box that brings the world into our living rooms.



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